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Eileen Spring

Eileen Spring

President/CEO, Food Gatherers

 

Eileen Spring is first generation American and grew up working along side her parents in various restaurants in Yonkers and upstate NY. She was among the first in her family to complete college, graduating from Hofstra University and attaining her masters degree from the American Culture Program at University of Michigan.

Her position as president and CEO of Food Gatherers combines her background in the restaurant business with her passion for community activism.  When Eileen started at Food Gatherers, the non-profit was operating out of an old abandoned slaughterhouse complete with meat hooks hanging from the ceiling. Under her leadership she has overseen the development of two capital campaigns-one for a community kitchen inside the Robert J Delonis Center and in 2003 a new distribution center for Food Gatherers. Under her leadership Food Gatherers has grown from a small grassroots organization distributing less than 1/2 a million pounds of food to the primary distributor of food and coordinator of grassroots hunger efforts in the county.

Food Gatherers augments the traditional the food rescue and food bank program with innovative programing and collaboration that  engages more than 6,000 different volunteers and 160 non profit partners every year to not merely alleviate hunger but help address the root causes.

As a founding member of the Washtenaw Housing Alliance, Food Gatherers opened the door for the development of Avalon Housing's Carrot Way Ann Arbor Apartments, the first newly constructed handicap accessible low income housing in several decades. In addition to providing hot meals for those in need, the Community Kitchen offers a culinary job training program for homeless youth. Recently, Food Gatherers has launched numerous community growing initiatives in order to  increase low income people's access to fresh fruits and vegetables. Spring has been active on the local FEMA board, the Washtenaw Housing Alliance and the board of the Food Bank Council of Michigan and the national network of food banks, Feeding America.

 

 

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